A Solstice Experience; A Campfire Beacon and Fundraiser

I'm delighted to be working alongside Campfire Convention, artist and larp designer Nina Runa Essendrop and with the very beautiful Lauderdale House in the middle of the stunning Waterlow Park in Highgate North London to create 'A Solstice Experience': a joy filled ritual celebration of the Summer Solstice. This unique magical event is designed as a Solstice Beacon for London, a fundraiser for Campfire Convention and a chance to spread the word about Campfire Convention throughout London...

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Created on 10 Apr 2018

Let’s see what we can create together on these days; let’s re-imagine the world we’d like to live in and get active to make it happen together. 

We are delighted to be able to announce the Solstice Beacon for London.,.. On June 21st we will be gathering at the stunning Lauderdale House, a Tudor Mansion set in the grounds of Waterlow Park in Highgate, North London. 

This is a really special location and we will be marking the longest day of the year with a unique collaboration between Campfire Convention, Psychotherapist and Facilitator Jonathan Goldsmith and Danish Artist and larp designer Nina Runa Essendrop.

Together they will be taking you on a profoundly moving, touching, beautiful and magical journey: 'A Solstice Experience'.




Thu, 06/21/2018


A Solstice Experience; A celebration of the Summer Solstice for Campfire Convention


Campfire Convention, Nina Runa Essendrop and Jonathan Goldsmith are inviting you to come and have a unique, magical, experience to celebrate the upcoming solstice. You will be taken on a profoundly moving, touching, beautiful and magical journey: 'A Solstice Experience'.


what is a 'solstice experience'? 

“A Solstice Experience”  is a physical, immersive larp about the sensations we get from movements, touch and senses. It's a chance to be in community with one another, to be part of something bigger, to celebrate and to share knowledge. It's a larp about what it is to experience life in a human body.

Larp is originally an acronym for Live Action Role Playing, but today it’s used as a name in itself. It refers to an interactive game where people immerse themselves in fictional circumstances to explore other ways of perceiving, behaving or experiencing.

Larps are played by groups of two or more people and are facilitated to ensure that the players feel safe, understand the rules and are immersed in the fiction.

This larp is unique in that there are both players and an audience. The players will be given specific roles and fictional identities to explore, and the audience, while given some basic instructions, will essentially be playing themselves.

The larp will explore what happens when these two groups engage with one another.

Both the player group and audience will be taken through a experiential workshop, tailored for your group in which everything you need to know will be explained to you. You will have ample time to learn and practice the mechanics of the game.

When you sign up you can choose to be in one of two roles: a 'player' or an 'audience member'. Both roles will offer a chance to participate and for you to have a full, rich and meaningful experience. 

what happens in the player role? 

The players will play ancient solstice consciousnesses, naturally curious and gentle, that have been given human form for the first time. They don’t understand rational logic instead they experience the world through poetic images and sensations.

Being in a human body is a totally new experience for these beings and they want to carefully explore the nuanced ways that humans move through the world using their senses; they want to experience 'being' in a human body. 

For the Solstice Experience there will be a maximum number of 20 player places available.

If you are a player you have to be there by 6pm. 

timetable for players

5pm-6pm Player registration and a chance to gather in the cafe. 

6pm-8.00pm Player Workshop starts

8.00pm larp starts in the garden

9.23pm larp finishes as the sun sets

9.23pm-9.45pm Post larp Workshop

10pm-11pm Post larp Discussion and Campfire Convention Presentation. 


what happens in the audience role? 

As the audience you will be given the role to help prepare the physical space for the solstice consciousnesses. 

You will also explore how you can come together as a group to open the way for the solstice beings to wake up in their human bodies. 

You are then invited into these wonderful beings curious world, and can interact with them if you so choose. You can help them use their newly found bodies by showing them movements or describing sensory information. The interactions will be slow and careful and as audience members you can make your own choice in how much you take part in the larp or just observe. The choice is yours. 

If you are in the audience you have to be there by 7pm.

timetable for audience

6.30pm Registration and a chance to gather in the cafe. 

7pm-8.00pm Audience workshop starts

8.00pm Play starts in the garden

9.23pm Play finishes as the sun sets

9.23pm-9.45pm Post Play workshop

10pm-11pm Post larp Discussion and Campfire Convention Beacon Presentation. 

what happens after the larp ends? 

We will run a workshop to help you integrate the whole experience; thinking about how the larp has touched you and what you may want to bring back into your day-to-day lives, your families and your wider communities.

We will then facilitate a discussion to explore the themes of the larp and how they relate to your lives and the world that we live in. 

To finish the evening we will discuss how we can come together and set up an active Campfire Beacon in London. 

pricing and tickets

All profits from this event will be split between Campfire Convention and Lauderdale House to support the good work of both organisations. 

Tickets for this event will start at £25+bf for a limited number of earlybird tickets. As this Event is also a fundraiser for both Campfire Convention and Lauderdale House there is a mandatory donation that we are asking all participants to give. This can be as little or as much as you choose, and you will need to have selected which ticket type you want (player or audience) AND have made a donation in order to secure your place. 

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food and drink

The cafe at Lauderdale House will be open throughout the event selling food and drinks, including wine and beer. 

age restrictions

You will need to be over 18 to participate in this event. 

do I need to bring anything? 

The game portion of this event will be played outside. Please wear weather suitable clothing. In case of rain we will have an inside option

do I need to know anything about larp?

This larp is open and suitable for everyone, and welcomes beginners and those who have never been to a larp before, if you want a more immersive experience then opt to be a player, if you want the option of dipping in & out and watching the experience, then be an audience member. Both experiences will be equally rewarding.

This larp is very gentle and inclusive and is being run by experienced professionals who will be there to look after any of your needs. We operate a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of inequality, sexism or racism.